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How Did I Miss This?

· Posted Wednesday April 16, 2008 by jamie

New Seattle local-Onion-wannabe The Naked Loon featured our own Tacoma Dome as the new home of the Sonics in their inaugural April Fools issue. Go T-Dome!

(In a post on the P-I’s Big Blog, Naked Loon creator Tim Ellis stated, “It’s always fun to poke fun at Tacoma,” so I guess we can expect more…)

Check it out at The Naked Loon.


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Another Waterfront Ballpark Option

· Posted Thursday April 3, 2008 by jamie

Seems architect David Boe has his own ideas about a downtown waterfront location for the Rainiers ballpark, as he mentioned over on my earlier post.

Using the New York San Francisco Giants ballpark as inspiration…

Boe immediately thought of the end of the peninsula on the east side of the Foss Waterway, where the infamous tank farm now sits:

Busting out his trusty sketchpad, we get this awesome rendering of what could be (click for larger):

I’ve gotta say, it would be awfully tempting to quit my job and become a water taxi pilot of something like this ever came to fruition.

Update: More discussion here.


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Play Ball! (On the Water?)

· Posted Thursday April 3, 2008 by jamie

It’s here! Opening Day for your Tacoma Rainiers! We’ve got our 7 game series tickets and I’m excited for game one tonight at Cheney Stadium.

Speaking of Cheney, there has been some interesting discussion lately on the topic of the stadium. It seems that the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, Metro Parks, and the Tacoma School District are tossing around some ideas involving redevelopment of the complex that includes Cheney Stadium into a “recreational village” with condos, shopping, etc. (much to the consternation of many neighborhood activists, mind you). But regardless of its merits, the topic did reignite some of the “what if” scenarios that have come up in the past regarding the ideal location for baseball in Tacoma.

In the past, several creative ideas have been suggested. One of my favorites proposed a new waterfront stadium at the former Asarco site. Another interesting suggestion that came up was to tear down the struggling Tacoma Dome and rebuild there (but would that make us too much like Seattle?).

In a recent Tacoma Daily Index article, Justin Carleton (aka Frinklin) of No Rhubarb offered his thoughts on the ideal “home of the Rainiers”:

...my best-case scenario would be to tear down Cheney Stadium, not rebuild on that site, and find a place where they could go back downtown or back down to the Hilltop. Be closer to where people are. Baseball is meant to be downtown. For all of baseball’s romanticizing itself as the sport being born on the plains — this ‘Field of Dreams’ kind of stuff — baseball was built in downtown New York. It was built in Manhattan. It moved out of Manhattan when it moved to Queens.

...which lead to this thread of conversation on FeedTacoma, wherein I tossed out a few ideas of my own.

Historically, the home of baseball in Tacoma was the Athletic Park (below) at 15th and Sprague, now the site of Peck Field.

I appreciate the historical significance of this site quite a bit, and it would be neat to see that recognized by the organization. It doesn’t hurt that I could walk there quite easily, too. But unfortunately I don’t think there is enough space for both a stadium and the supporting parking on the site…

Besides, I like the appeal of a site that is downtown, maybe even on the water, so I took a look at the aerial views to see what might be possible. Not seeing a lot on the west side of the Foss Waterway, I peeked into the Tideflats, where my attention was immediately grabbed by the site of the Supervalu warehouse, circled in the below image (near Johnny’s Dock restaurant).

Now, granted I don’t even know if Supervalu would be interested in forfeiting this location, but let’s just dream for a sec. Plop in a cut-and-paste image of Portland’s much-touted PGE Park, home of the minor-league Beavers, and voilà!

Killer! A stadium right on the water. Lots of room for parking. We could even add some additional mixed-use stuff on the site: condos, retail, what have you…create the “recreational village” here.

So maybe it’s not right in the downtown core… But as long as we’re dreaming, if we toss in a foot ferry that runs from the promenade by the Museum of Glass and Thea’s Landing across to a dock in front of the Stadium, we’ve effectively connected it to downtown. (If we want to be really fancy, add additional foot ferry stops at other waterfront locations: base of the Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea’s Park, the upcoming Urban Waters, even out in Old Town. Fun commute option for people who live in Old Town or work at Urban Waters. Anyone checked out the ones in Vancouver, B.C.?)

One more assist from PGE Park in the cut-and-paste department…let’s imagine the view of downtown from my proto-stadium:

Ahhh…with views like that, I might buy season tickets just for the right to go take it in all summer long.

Update: David Boe revealed his location idea in the comments below, and sent some sketches along. See here for his killer idea…

Update: More discussion here.


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Watch Carefully...

· Posted Monday March 17, 2008 by jamie

It’s getting more and more spring-like every day, meaning many more bicyclists on the streets of T-town, yours truly included. Check out this awesome ad from the U.K. (Via Grist.)


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My Truck Made the Paper!

· Posted Wednesday February 27, 2008 by jamie

Today’s Trib “top story” is a shocking indictment of the vanity license plates of Pierce County. Or maybe just a relatively cute/entertaining no-news day fluff piece. Anyway, the sidebar of the article includes some of the favorites found in a database of vanity plates issued in our county, and it includes the official lumber-hauler of the ThriceAllAmerican empire, my 1982 Toyota (bio)diesel pickup, commonly known as the Soyota. Boo-ya! My truck is famous!


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Random Stuff...

· Posted Tuesday February 26, 2008 by jamie

A few random locally-interesting things clinking around today, from email and other dark regions of this series of tubes you’ve found yourself on… None are enough to bother with their own post, so I’m just cramming them all together into one omnibus thingamajigger.

Tonight is the first installment of Go Local or Die, covered extensively elsewhere, but worth checking out if you can make it.

Also related to local buying, I was thinking it would be really sweet if there were a website where I could search for stuff I wanted to buy, and find results from local merchants where I could then go to make my purchase. Turns out that I’m not going to get rich off of that idea, because it already exists in the form of Yokel. Granted, I haven’t found anything from a local independent store on there yet, just stuff from big boxes like Home Depot. But it like this would be a killer way to get people in the doors, and shoppers wouldn’t have to run all over town looking for specific things. So…I guess I’m thinking some of the local shops should look into this!

I wrote about ParkAtMyHouse.com nearly a year ago, musing about parking subletting helping to ease the parking struggles around here. Turns out they’ve launched their services in the US, so you can give it a go! I believe the one listed facility in Tacoma might be the Elf Storage building, but it will be interesting to see if more things develop over time.More here.

Also last year, I mentioned fledgling efforts to save Faith Dairy. Lots of buzz surrounding that lately as a group has come together to try to make the resuscitation a reality. Check out Save Faith Dairy to show your support and/or get involved, and also check out some additional thoughts from Monty Mahan at the Pierce Conservation District, where I’m apparently one of the “favorites”. (In the meantime, if you’re Jonesin’ for some glass-bottled milk, hit Stadium Thriftway for milk from Golden Glen Creamery in Bow, WA!)


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Stuff White People Like #73: Gentrification

· Posted Friday February 22, 2008 by jamie

The Onion tackled it a couple of years ago, to amusing effect, but now the awesome Stuff White People Like blog has their own take on gentrification (and, of course, why white people like it so much).

I quote:

White people like to live in these neighborhoods because they get credibility and respect from other white people for living in a more “authentic” neighborhood where they are exposed to “true culture” every day. So whenever their friends mention their home in the suburbs or richer urban area, these people can say “oh, it’s so boring out there, so fake. In our neighborhood, things are just more real.” This superiority is important as white people jockey for position in their circle of friends. They are like a modern day Lewis and Clark, except instead of searching for the ocean, they are searching for old properties to renovate.

As before with the Onion article, some of this sounds embarrassingly familiar to some of our day-to-day talk in the Tacoma blogosphere. Ouch. And I’m not pointing fingers, because I’m in the scrum, too. But, um, it’s all in good fun? Right? Anyone??? Sigh…


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Additional Caucus Thoughts...

· Posted Monday February 11, 2008 by jamie

Ok, just two more thoughts from the caucuses, and then I’m done:

1) Bringing homemade cookies was a great idea. We were way short of having enough for everyone, but they were quickly gobbled up by our fellow-Democrat neighbors, and I heard many commenting on how cool it was to bring something to share. I’m sure we didn’t sway any votes, but that really wasn’t the point. Hopefully we’ve planted a seed, and we’ll see more “snacks to share” next time around. (Granted, if my positive thoughts of a Democratic win in November come to fruition, attendance should be much smaller in 2012…)

2) Shouldn’t Calvin Goings been at his own caucus instead of traveling from location-to-location to press palms?


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Caucuses and Our Superdelegates

· Posted Monday February 11, 2008 by jamie

Washington went 2-to-1 for Barack Obama at Saturday’s caucuses, with near uniformity of voting throughout the state. But I think many of you are aware that Senators Cantwell and Murray have both endorsed Hillary Clinton. And for those in the 6th Congressional District, Norm Dicks has done the same. As superdelegates, they each hold a vote at the national convention that could swing the nomination to Hillary Clinton even if Obama has been favored by the majority of Democrats in the primaries and caucuses. Now, I will grant that it is totally their right to vote as they feel appropriate, but as representatives of our state and our area, I would like to consider they will look closely at how their constituents voted and think long and hard about how they vote at the national level. An overly contentious national convention could create some damaging divisiveness within the party, especially if the grass-roots gets the snub.

I’m attaching below a copy of the letter I sent to Sen. Cantwell, Sen. Murray, and Rep. Norm Dicks, and encourage you to contact them as well. Congress.org has some great tools for contacting your state and federal representatives, so you might consider using that. I sent a differently-edited version to the TNT as a letter to the editor.

Dear (insert appropriate dignitary name here),

The Democrats of our state spoke resoundingly at their precinct caucuses on Saturday in support of Barack Obama for the presidential nomination by a ratio of nearly 2-to-1. This margin essentially transcended geography, and with a few exceptions held in nearly every county throughout the states.

I am aware that you, as my elected representative, have a superdelegate vote at the national level that is not beholden to any vote of the people, and that you have stated that they are endorsing Hillary Clinton. I respect your decision, and feel that Senator Clinton would be an excellent president.

There is a significant chance that at the national convention that the delegates elected by and representing the people of our country, via the primaries and caucuses, will pledge their votes in favor of Senator Obama, only to have the nomination decided for Senator Clinton on the shoulders of the nearly-800 superdelegates whose votes represent only themselves. This would essentially snub the grassroots of the Democratic party, and unnecessarily create division and frustration within the rank-and-file in a time when people are genuinely excited about participating in the political process.

I respect the right of the Democratic party to control their nominating process, and your right as a part of that process. I would hope, however, that if there is a chance your vote could swing the tally away from the nominee favored by the electorate, you would carefully consider the will of your constituents against your own preference.

Sincerely,
Jamie Don’t-like-to-broadcast-my-last-name-all-over-the-web

These people represent us in Congress, so it is our right to ask them to represent us now.


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Central Tacoma Caucusing

· Posted Monday February 11, 2008 by jamie

So I’m a couple of days late on this…but I don’t see anyone talking about the caucus in our area. Most of Central Tacoma found itself caucusing at Epworth-Lesourd Methodist Church, which was convenient for us, as it is essentially less than a block from our house.

In 2004, the house was pretty packed for the Kerry/Edwards/Dean/Kucinich/Clark showdown, but there was still room for all of the precincts to split up inside the sanctuary. This time there was standing room only, and at 1:30 (the earliest that precincts were allowed to start caucusing) we were still waiting for people to finish signing in. Our precinct (27-320, yo) had pretty formidable turnout (I believe 113, or so, versus probably 25 at most in 2004) so we were sent to the basement.

Conversation was heated at times, and many (including yours truly) had a chance to state a case for their candidate. In the end, I think few changed their minds…just some of the undecideds fell one way or another. In line with the 2-to-1 proportions seen in the state results, and from what I understand really consistent nearly anywhere you look, we are sending forward 11 delegates for Obama and 5 for Clinton.

Both Melissa and I will be heading to the 27th District caucus and the County Convention. (This will be my second time as a delegate in a row, having represented Kucinich in 2004.) This was way exciting: killer turnout, and it seems like everyone is really excited about both candidates that are still in the hunt for the Democratic nomination.


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